With temperatures reaching nearly 110 degrees, the Peoria Fire-Medical Department is sending out a word of advice to the public: “Keep an eye on your pups as the weather continues to be warm.”
The dangers of heat exhaustion in dogs are all too real for one local family.
According to a Facebook post by the department, 5-year-old bulldog Mickey was rushed to Station 191 on July 16 after he became overheated. Paramedics “administered oxygen and used cooling techniques” before taking Mickey to a veterinarian for further treatment, the post continued.
According to officials, dogs regulate their body temperature with a form of open-mouth breathing called panting. Excessive panting, however, can be a sign of a dog experiencing heat exhaustion.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include collapsing, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea or blue or bright red gums or tongue.